Portrait Pages 101
Portrait pages feature labeled portrait photos grids organized by grade, homeroom or staff groups.
Portrait pages are not designed by moving images and text frames manually onto the canvas in the editor. Memento includesan image importer & management tool specific for portrait photos and related information.
After the portrait images and their data have been imported, use the portrait wizard to automatically flow portrait groups onto pages. Portrait pages may then be customized in the editor using another set of specific tools to keep the grid aligned and the portraits organized.
Portrait Page Structure
The portrait grid is the arrangement of all elements on the page (title, portraits and labels). The relative placement, size and spacing between these elements may be changed.
The page title may contain auto-generated text, or custom text. Styling and size controls are available.
The portrait images are added automatically to the grid, usually in alphabetical order by last name then first name. Custom ordering by priority is available. The portraits may be styled with frame border and shape options.
Labels are place below the portraits or at the side of the grid. The first and last name of the person is usually displayed, but other information (salutation, job role) may also be added.
The Portrait Database
In order to flow portraits onto pages and generate labels & page titles, a portrait database package must be imported into Memento. Your portrait studio will supply this package to you – either importing it into your yearbook for you, or providing it to you as a downloadable set of files.
The portrait database associates information to each portrait. At minimum, this will consist of the person’s first and last names, as well as their grade/staff assignment. Elementary schools packages will usually also include students’ homeroom teacher and/or homeroom number. Other information such as job titles and salutation (eg. Mrs., Dr., Prof.) may be added.
The information assigned to each person in the database creates groups of people – classroom groups defined by their teacher or homeroom number, grade groups, or staff department groups. These groups are used in the portrait wizard to decide how people will be placed together on the portrait pages.
For instance, your portrait pages may group students by their homeroom teachers, ordered in the book from lowest to highest grade. Staff pages may be grouped by department (Administration, Faculty, Support Staff).
The portrait manager includes useful tools to search, sort, and filter people, as well as apply roles to help add priority ranking. Adding priority rankings enables the portraits to break alphabetical order placement on the portrait pages, so teachers may appear at the front of their classroom pages, and the principal may appear at the top of the staff page.
Portrait Page Workflow
Below are the general steps to creating portrait pages in Memento. Each aspect of this process is detailed in the knowledge base with step-by-step instructions.